Pre-Auction Building Inspections

Pre-Auction building inspections ensure you are fully informed about the condition of a property before you bid.

Unlike when purchasing a property privately or through a real estate agent, purchasing your property at auction means that when the hammer comes down and the property has been sold to you, its yours!! It is too late to book an inspection or question the condition of the property; the home belongs to you, without any cooling off, no matter the condition.  Therefore it is imperative that, before you attend the auction and bid on your dream home or investment property, you have already gathered all available information on the home.  This ensures you have visibility of the condition of the home at the time of inspection from an independent and unbiased building consultant.

We also understand that when trying to find the right home or investment property, things can move very quickly, especially with auctions.  This is why Home Inspect SA offers last minute Pre-Auction Inspections.  Once the Building Inspection Agreement is accepted and a suitable time is arranged for the inspection, our Building Consultants will conduct a visual inspection, usually lasting 1-2 hours in the property. The building inspection covers everything from faulty roofs to rising damp and cracked walls and both internal and external areas of the property. Due to the often urgent nature of Pre-Auction Inspections, the inspector will then call you to discuss their findings before preparing the full report. The building inspection report is prepared in accordance with Australian Standard AS4349.1-2007 and  will give information regarding the incidence of major defects found in the home as well as the inspectors opinion on minor defects, this generally includes recommendations for repair or next steps. The inspection report will be emailed to you and includes full colour photographs of the internal & external areas, roof cavity and roof coverings, with particular focus on any areas of concern.


Your Building Inspection Report

Upon completion of your building inspection, the inspector will create an extensive report, including full-colour photographs, documenting the incidence of major defects or faults found in the home as well as minor defects. The report will also provide additional information around potential consequences or implications of the defect and recommendations for repair, replacement or other next steps if applicable.


What do we inspect?

Your Building Inspection will cover the following areas, providing there is safe and reasonable access:

  • Interior of the Building
  • Exterior of the Building
  • The site itself (incl. outbuildings, fences etc)
  • Roof Exterior
  • Roof Space
  • Sub-Floor

Full details of all the areas that are reviewed as part of the  building inspection can be found here and you can also view some examples of defects we have previously found in other properties below:

Example Defects
A summary of our pre-auction inspection services are as follows:
  • Once the pre-auction inspection agreement is accepted by the client the inspection is scheduled with the builder or real estate agent.
  • A pre-auction inspection is carried out in accordance with Australian Standard AS4349.1-2007;
  • The building inspector will call the client after the inspection to give a verbal indication of the overall condition of the property before preparing the full report;
  • The inspection report will provide all detailed findings to the prospective purchaser regarding the condition of the property at the date and time of inspection with a focus on areas of concern and major defects;
  • The pre-auction building inspection reports on the condition of the interior, roof void, exterior, subfloor and roof exterior.
  • A follow up phone consultation is available if you would like to clarify any details within the report and is a great opportunity to chat to our building inspector regarding their findings.

Book a Pre-Auction Building Inspection

Contact Andy for a free quote and to book a pre-auction building inspection before you buy.

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